The most miserable place in the world to be on New Year’s Eve is in Times Square where tourists who don’t know better are trapped in crowd control cattle pens with no bathrooms. Even if it doesn’t rain, no amount of corporate swag can compensate for having to stamp your frozen feet in puddles of urine with nothing to eat or drink for hours, in the faint hopes of actually seeing the big ball drop.
In addition to all the other miseries are the terror threats. With two million people expected to pack into a handful of blocks, New Year’s Eve in Times Square is on every Islamic terrorist’s Christmas wish list.
ISIS has made repeated threats to hit Times Square. And the NYPD is deploying countless cameras, drones, counter-sniper teams and bomb sniffing dogs. There are garbage trucks full of sand to stop car attacks like the one that killed 8 people near Ground Zero, when Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, a Muslim Uzbek immigrant, ran down tourists, and slammed into a school bus, shouting, “Allahu Akbar”.
After Akayed Ullah, a Muslim immigrant from Bangladesh, tried to blow himself up in the Times Square subway in December of last year, New York City cops are being trained to handle suicide bombers. Anyone trying to get inside the Times Square cattle pens gets screened at two separate points, sniffed by ‘Vapor Wake’ dogs, and forced to pass through a gauntlet of portable metal and radiation detectors.
The more than 5,000 police officers will be checking bags (no bombs, guns or alcohol are allowed), evacuating 125 local garages, patrolling the hallways of area hotels and screening their guests. These elaborate security measures make an already miserable event more miserable.
But they are necessary because of the history of Islamic terror in Times Square.
In 2010, Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani Muslim immigrant, tried to detonate a car bomb in Times Square. The 2008 IED bombing of the Times Square military recruiting station still remains unsolved, despite camera footage of the perpetrator and a sizable reward. In 2012, Raees Alam Qazi and Sheheryar Alam Qazi, Pakistani Muslim immigrants, scouted New York bombing targets, including Times Square.
Two other Muslim brothers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Chechen refugee immigrants who carried out the Boston Marathon bombing, had wanted to detonate six bombs in Times Square.
In 2016, Mohamed Rafik Naji, a Yemeni Muslim immigrant who, like the Ground Zero car attacker worked as an Uber driver, talked about running over people in Times Square with a truck. This year, Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy, the Muslim son of Egyptian immigrants to Canada, was sentenced to 40 years in prison for terror plots that included the potential bombing of Times Square.
But why bother with the wands and secondary screenings, the vapor dogs, drones and helicopters? On this New Year’s Eve, Islamic terrorism is the guest of honor at the Times Square ball drop.
Jamal Khashoggi, the media’s favorite Jihadist, is being honored as his Washington Post editor, Karen Attiah, will be one of the guests of honor looking down on the masses freezing in cattle pens below. more here